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Petition — Improved mobile telephone signal in South Suffolk: Pilgrim Fathers (400th Anniversary) (9 Mar 2016)

John Mann: ...into the Pilgrim compact, which contains the foundation of the US constitution. The compact states that they would establish: “a civil body politic…to enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto which we promise all due...

International Women’S Day 2016 (8 Mar 2016)

Caroline Dinenage: ...and that everyone is able to fulfil their potential in the workplace, regardless of gender or background, so this year the Government are taking a bold step. We will redouble our efforts to complete the fight for equality, starting with the introduction of regulations to require large employers to publish their gender pay gaps. By working with businesses and employees, with a focus on...

Women: Representation and Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2016)

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park: ...which was perhaps something of a role reversal for many of them in your Lordships’ House. Although there has been an upbeat tone to many contributions, it is fair to say that noble Lords have acknowledged that inequalities persist. As we have heard, women are less likely to be in the House of Commons or the House of Lords. However, I believe that when I entered the House not long...

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: The FCO and the Spending Review 2015 (1 Mar 2016)

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: ...that culture had been improved on his watch, but acknowledged that there was still much more to be done to achieve more diversity, in the full sense of the word. Cuts in the Department may threaten progress in the vital area of equality and diversity. There were no women on the shortlist to replace Fraser as permanent under-secretary. He also noted that the FCO had yet to appoint a woman...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill: Final Stage (29 Feb 2016)

Steven Agnew: ...outside this Building. People are frustrated by the time that is wasted debating sometimes very good and worthwhile proposals — from my point of view, probably none are more important than the proposals for equal marriage for same-sex couples — and they see them voted down by petitions of concern despite the will of the House to pass them. Increasingly, the public understand...

Scottish Parliament: "SNAP: Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights — Year Two Report" (23 Feb 2016)

Christina McKelvie: ...and our elderly. If we can incorporate a culture of human rights practice into our everyday work, we will make life better for everyone—not just for the people who receive the service, but for the people who deliver it. Equality impact assessments are the basic drivers for making the policy at the local level to ensure that it works best for people. However, the quality of some of...

Backbench Business: Persecution of Religious Minorities: Pakistan — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (11 Feb 2016)

Fiona Bruce: ...violence against the weak and voiceless people of our community…We want this Pakistan, without any discrimination among people of diverse faiths, where weak and oppressed feel safe and respected: as the father of our nation Muhammad Ali Jinnah said, we are all citizens and equal citizens of one state. This is the path we are following indicated by Shahbaz to see our beloved country...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Justice (No. 2) Bill: Consideration Stage (10 Feb 2016)

Caitriona Ruane: ...not been consultation, debate or litigation. It has been widely consulted, debated and litigated ad nauseam. There is probably no other issue where so much debate has taken place, except maybe equal marriage. Eventually, the majority of the House agreed that there should be equal marriage, and I hope that the same happens here today. I believe that some politicians are behind the public...

Scottish Parliament: Female Genital Mutilation (10 Feb 2016)

Margaret McCulloch: ...genital mutilation. The international day of zero tolerance for FGM was a day for reflection, to think of victims, and to commemorate those who have been excluded, injured or even killed due to the ignorance and inequality that lie behind FGM. It was a day for education to raise awareness so that the world can know what that injustice is and why it must be stopped. Most important, it was a...

[Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Preventing Violence Against Women: Role of Men (4 Feb 2016)

Karen Bradley: ...in correspondence. It is important to reflect that—the hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North started with this—both women and men may be victims of domestic or sexual violence, forced marriage or stalking. It is also important that the response for all victims is as good as it can be. The hon. Member for Lanark and Hamilton East (Angela Crawley) talked about lesbian,...

Return of Kings (4 Feb 2016)

Karen Bradley: ...on the different things that need to be done internationally to promote women and women’s rights, such as the action that the Government are taking to tackle female genital mutilation and forced marriage. All people have a right to exist and live equally. These views and comments are not acceptable.

Immigration Bill: Committee (4th Day) (3 Feb 2016)

Baroness Lister of Burtersett: ...34. Concerned organisations, including Amnesty, also point out that the consequences of being removed from the UK may be profound and long-lasting, even if removal is for a short time only. Despite the equality statement’s assurance that no adverse impact on grounds of gender are anticipated, as I said at Second Reading: “Rights of Women is worried about the implications for...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Bill: Consideration Stage (2 Feb 2016)

John McCallister: ...should be there. However, you cannot then start to complain when others use the petition of concern. It is part of the system, and that takes away your right to complain when others use it against equal marriage, for example. It would have been a huge sacrifice by the DUP because it could have triggered a weighted majority vote. However, unless the DUP gets about 45 seats after an...

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (29 Jan 2016)

Baroness Randerson: ...changed. I well remember the controversy and public discussion when this limit was introduced. There have been other similar social changes in our lifetime regarding smoking, attitudes to women and equal marriage. They have all been a journey, backed up, or led by, legislation. However, on drinking and driving we seem to be stuck in a bit of a time warp. There has been no legislative...

Written Answers — Women and Equalities: Civil Partnerships (28 Jan 2016)

Tim Loughton: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many civil partnerships have been (a) conducted, (b) terminated and (c) converted to marriage status since such partnerships were established.

Scottish Parliament: Gender Recognition Act 2004 (Update) (28 Jan 2016)

Marco Biagi: As I have said, we are considering the issue, which I have already met the Scottish Transgender Alliance to discuss. We have noted the United Kingdom Women and Equalities Committee report, and I have discussed its inquiry with my colleague the member of Parliament for Lanark and Hamilton East, who took part in it. I would not want to prejudge the outcome of any consideration and any...

Scottish Parliament: Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 Jan 2016)

Hanzala Malik: .... I want to add to the debate the view that it is important to consider the various aspects of domestic abuse and not focus only on partner abuse or abuse of a physical nature. In order to get gender equality, we should consider the practicalities of placing in the bill a broader definition of abuse that includes emotional abuse, control of money and control of movement. In addition,...

Immigration Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (20 Jan 2016)

Baroness Hamwee: ...discrimination, prompted me to look at that Act. Section 33 requires a code of practice from the Secretary of State specifying what a landlord or agent should do to avoid, “contravening … the Equality Act 2010, so far as relating to race”. I confess that I cannot remember why only race is mentioned in that section, not the other so-called protected characteristics, which...

HIV and AIDS — Question for Short Debate (18 Jan 2016)

Lord Paddick: ...the fact that, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, mainly because of social pressure, I was dating women rather than men, and in 1983 I married one. Had it not been for that social pressure, for my marriage to Mary and for living faithfully in that marriage for five years, I probably would not be here addressing noble Lords this evening—that, and the pioneering work of the noble Lord,...

Identity Documentation — Motion to Take Note (14 Jan 2016)

Lord Campbell-Savours: ...value. Such identity assurance programmes will fall down as disastrously as did Vodafone, PA Consulting, EDS and others, all of which have lost data over recent years. Card opponents tell you that the state equally stands accused of sloppy data handling. They quote HMRC’s loss of two CDs in 2007, leaving millions at risk, along with other examples. They did happen. But Germany has...


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